The SplitSticks are part of a larger winter sports concept called SplitBoarding – A SplitBoard is a basically a snowboard that splits in two halves with ski shapes. You go up with your Ski-halves and you go down with your snowboard. The Bindings are specifically designed and, while in ski mode, they allow a free heel which will ease the trail hiking (just like the Telemark skis). Once the Skis are put together and secured, the bindings will work like any snowboarding bindings allowing you to snowboard your way down the way you like it.
The Splitboards are especially useful for free riding in the backcountry – where by allowing you to have more loft and making the hike easier help to conserve energy and free one to bring more equipment for the trip.
Now that you we know what a SplitBoard is, let’s go further: Austrian company TDA services came up with a new complete approach to splitboarding – their newest model, the SplitSticks, allow not only hiking up and snowboarding down but also using the SplitSticks in Ski mode (fixed heel). Another advantage of their new release biding technology is that it allows one to wear his gloves while he complete the change over from ski to snowboard.
Although I personally never tried a splitboard or a snowboard before – honestly … I am a ski-guy – this might just be the STUFF that will make me try one … What’s your preference? Are you a Ski or Snowboard type? Or maybe a Free Style Splitboard type … Let me know in the comments
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